Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Academy
The Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Academy (CPRSA) offers a comprehensive overview of the purpose and roles of Peer Recovery Support while providing participants the tools and resources necessary in providing recovery support services. This training will prepare the participant for certification through the Minnesota Certification Board. Certified Peer Recovery Specialists assist in removing barriers and obstacles to recovery by connecting recoverees with recovery support services, building recovery capital, assisting with individualized recovery options and serving as a personal guide and mentor for people seeking recovery. Peer Recovery Support effectively helps maintain recovery beyond early recovery while transitioning into the everyday environment. Peer-Based Recovery Support Services are intended to enhance NOT duplicate, replace, or compete with valuable services already available in a community.
Certified Peer Recovery Support Services
Peer Recovery Support is designed to fill the needs of people in or seeking recovery. Peer Recovery Specialists are people interested in promoting recovery by sharing their experience strength and hope. These services are called Peer-Based Recovery Support Services (P-BRSS) and, as the word peer implies, they are designed and delivered by people who have experienced both substance use disorder and recovery. The Peer-Based Recovery Support Services help people become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse. Because they are designed and delivered by peers who have been successful in the recovery process, they embody a powerful message of hope, as well as a wealth of experiential knowledge. The services can effectively extend the reach of treatment beyond the clinical setting into the everyday environment of those seeking to achieve or sustain recovery.
Peer Support Guiding Principles
All individuals are unique and have special needs, goals, health attitudes and behaviors and expectations for recovery. Management of their own lives and mastery of their own futures will require different pathways at times. Peer Support is self-directed—what the person in recovery wants, desires and can accomplish; not what the peer imparts to that person. It is strengths based Recovery Orientated System of Care (R.O.S.C.) Peer-Based Recovery Support Services are intended to enhance NOT duplicate, replace, or compete with valuable services already available in a community.
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